how to raise children with naturally straight teeth? make sure to begin developing their jaws from young age.
In my previous article, what causes crooked teeth?
we identified that crooked teeth is actually caused by incorrect skull shape.
We have been anatomical humans for well over 160,000 years and malocclusion (crooked teeth & jaws) only begun to show up in the masses 200-300 years ago after Industrial Revolution.
We are evolved to live in more natural hunter & gatherer lifestyle not our current modern one. When early European settlers went to various islands, they often commented how physically perfect the indigenous tribes people were.
Because our diet has gotten too soft our skulls are lengthening due to weak jaw muscle and the jaws aren’t developing to its potential due to lack of use.
Zoo animals require tough diet, or their jaws can collapse.
Ancestor to Modern Skull: Cranial Facial Dystrophy (lengthening of the face)
I was watching a famous longstanding, Japanese comedy show that’s aired from 1994-2011, in which Japan’s top comedian Akashiya Sanma talks about love and relationships in a funny way with around 30 random women that are selected each year from regular people that audition. I enjoy watching Sanma’s quick witty, humorous come backs to all the women’s various remarks and stories, and how his jokes and gags are totally off-the-cuff / unscripted is amazing to watch.
Anyway because the 30 random women selected each year are just regular, ordinary people I can’t help but to notice the varying types of jaw development and how there is direct connection to their attractiveness, confidence, & social standing
Not all women on the show are selected for their beauty. Thus it gives a bit less biased perspectives on different faces in civilized society than looking at celebrities.
It is seen consistently that broad faces with wide jaws that have good horizontal development gives the women higher value, and the MC, Sanma is quick to identify whom they are as I feel most everyone can agree on the same individuals as most attractive.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” seems to only apply when comparing faces with Cranial Dystrophy, true beauty is objective.
Following ladies were seen in this episode, which air in 2005
The Beautiful Group: This is the group of ladies that are perceived as most beautiful by the MC, the director of the show, and the public. Their stories reflect high social standing as it is about different men chasing them, or having many options for dating & relationship. When telling their stories, they appear the most confident.
broad, horizontal lower jaw – pretty rare to see in general population. She could possibly do modeling work because of it. Indicate great muscle tone, she also has excellent body posture. & great nose because of great maxilla position
She’s the one in the middle, front row. Good head & body posture. The girl to her right for example in the blue, has her head postured slightly forwards and her shoulders are rounded.
not as broad, eyes are not as wide set as above, bit of crowding at the right incisor / canine. still good muscle tone with pretty horizontal jaw.
Although she is in the last row seat because of her older age. She’s still perceived as beautiful lady because of her broad, horizontal jaws, but compared to the first girl, the maxilla is set down and back a bit. The nose tip angled down slightly
The Average Group: Perceived & treated as cute girls, but not beautiful. The MC enjoys picking on them and they are placed in a different “class” from above women. I do tend to agree, although girls can pull these types of faces off as the weaker jaw appears fine for the feminine, the faces become a bit plain and you lose the exquisite, super model type beauty that women with bolder jaws exhibit.
I think they had enough muscle tone to keep the mouth closed most of the time but not enough to create the broad jaws of above ladies, & possibly poor tongue posture as the face is a bit flat.
jaws set down and back a bit, flatter face with bit of crowding. indicate weaker muscle tone.
again crowding indicate maxilla is down and back a bit from ideal. jaw is not as horizontal and cheeks are flat.
Slightly lengthened but still attractive group: the face is bit longer and narrower, still considered fairly attractive but not on the same level as the first group, utilized in the show for their interesting character.
This group most likely left mouth open when they were little more of the time, plus they never developed their jaw muscles.
more obvious difference in the jaw from this angle compared to the first group. face is longer / narrower. smile is narrow, possibly orthodontic work done.
Although still pretty,the face is a bit too long for them to be considered beautiful amongst the group. Crowding present
The Less Attractive Group: Selected in the show for their entertaining character.
Face is longer and narrower. Maxilla considerably more set down and back from first group. More dental crowding. Less horizontal dimension in the lower jaw indicate weaker muscle tone.
poor oral posture and muscle tone.
Face is lengthened, slightly Class III, prominent lower jaw, possibly her tongue rests low in the lower jaw
The Cause of Different Face Shapes?
When looking at the above ladies and their occlusion, you can begin to see that Teeth Crowding is simply a consequence of a face that is not the right shape.
I have outlined that the square face is most attractive in previous article.
A study has found that individuals with this type of face with horizontal jaws had thicker jaw muscles while more vertical jaws had thinner jaw muscles when observed with ultra sound.
This suggests that the cause of difference in the jaws is primarily muscle tone not genetics.
Flat Face Stereotype of Asians
Girls with broad, horizontal jaws are rare in Asia & other developed countries. But I do generally think that the Japanese do have bit more cranial dystrophy than Americans on average.
Some possible reasons:
- Stereotype of Gum chewing American kids. Gum chewing may be more common in the US.
- white rice might be softer than bread
- Japanese cuisine seems generally softer than American
- Most Americans still live more natural lifestyle than Japan or UK. In the US, more children still grow up on farms or with huge acres. More outdoor activities & less video games = more calorie requirement = more chewing. I have heard that the Brits have bad occlusion, could be that they were simply affected much earlier as they were the first country to become civilized & developed.
- (notice how Football players most times have pretty good facial development, from their bodies you can tell they do much more mastication than the average person to get all those calories on board)
Even with squared jaws, the face might be flatter than the Western races in general, it could be due to lower tongue posture.
- The Asian language might use less tongue force on the upper palate. Japanese language is bit flat sounding and less accent, therefore resting tongue posture might be low for many of them.
To Raise a Child with Broad Face and Naturally Straight Teeth, Increase Masticatory Efforts
- a father listened to one of Mike Mew‘s talks and decided to have his new born daughter adopt a habit of chewing gum at least 1 hour a day, several years later he brought her to Mew Clinic and was told that she didn’t need treatment as she had developed nice horizontal jaws with great muscle tone.
- I hear people of Denmark have less malocclusion and generally better looking than the Brits. They prefer very tough bread over there, the Danish Rye Bread, Rugbrød. Over the course of child’s growing years, this one food item can make a big difference in facial development. When we see different facial shapes of individuals, you can say that we are looking at the history of their eating habits & posture. Beautiful people were either raised on tough diet or developed a certain love for tougher foods & chewing
How some individuals develop this preference towards tougher foods is unclear, but a good guess is that perhaps they were introduced to tough diet from early on, when they are babies being weaned off breast milk. For more info Baby Led Weaning: The Mush Stops Here may hold some answers.
Over Christmas break, my mom made some homemade sour dough bread that turned out rock hard, and I was surprised how much more masticatory effort was required to chew through it. I imagine this is the type of bread Danish people eat or people 200-300 years ago.
- Eliminate Effortless Calories from Diet: The question is why aren’t we chewing enough anymore. The big reason might be that after Industrial Revolution sugar had massive reduction in price and began entering everything we eat. Sugar is bad for health but it also quickly increases calorie content of food without requiring any chewing. The child can only do so much chewing to satiate their appetite, unless you make them chew gum. So the more effortless calorie you include in diet like sugar, fruit juices, candies, etc its that much less masticatory effort per calorie they perform for the day.
All babies begin with broad short faces with cute little noses. What happens thereafter seems more so a consequence of the individual’s lifestyle not genetics. Remember that early settler commented how physically perfect the indigenous tribes were, in Modern Times we have lost the way to great extent.
Crooked Teeth is merely a symptom of a face that didn’t growing properly. The key factor: Our jaws are not getting a proper work out now with our processed, soft diets.
Individuals with horizontal jaws seem to display higher status, beauty, and confidence. Not to mention, it is also the design that is most healthy and optimal for perfect occlusion.
Mike Mew is able to tell the muscle tone of individual by looking at how much horizontal section of the lower jaw they exhibit.
Along with the fact that muscle thickness is linked to horizontal jaws, there is strong hard evidence that suggest that great jaws are due to great jaw usage. When looking at an adult face, we are possibly looking at the history of their muscle usage and posture.
To raise beautiful children with naturally straight teeth, get creative at increasing their masticatory efforts daily & promote good posture.
1. Increase appetite
2. Introduce tougher foods from young
3. Omit effortless calories
4. Promote gum chewing
6. Tell them to stand up tall, sit up straight, keep mouth closed
It is possible but not always easy because there is no getting away from modern culture.
For ideal development, proper tongue posture and function has to be considered but muscle tone comes first because it seems to be the most important measure for preventing Cranial Dystrophy.
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